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Coasting : Issue 8 Feb 2010
11 www.coastingtoday.com.au Faulkner experimented with a range of natural oils and steered clear of colours and fragrances. Finally, as Liam's skin started to clear up, Leanne thought she might be on to something. Her suspicion was confirmed when she took her soap to Gosford Show and sold out within a few hours. "I thought I'd made enough to last the weekend but they were gone by lunchtime. I realised there was a market there," she said. "I got some amazing feedback from people who had used the soap and found it really helped their skin. "I think the defining moment was when I was standing in the supermarket and an old boss rang up with a very good job offer. And I thought about it and then said to him 'Actually, no, I'm going to go and make soap'. He thought I was crazy." Soon health food stores were knocking on Faulkner's door asking to sell her products. At first she sold her soap in paper bags with her name and phone number written on it. These days the packaging is a little more fancy to cater for Billie Goat's many stockists which include huge retail chains such as Myer and Priceline. Seeing her products on shelves around the country still gives Faulkner a buzz. "It's a great feeling to walk into a shop and see something I created. These days I have to pinch myself when I think about how well the business is going," she said. The Billie Goat product line, which now includes lavender-scented moisturisers, cleansers and bath soaks, is also a hit in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The soap is still handmade, and to keep up with the demand Faulkner employs 17 people. Despite her success, Faulkner says she still enjoys getting her hands dirty and spending quality time with her "special ladies". "I love milking my goats. It's my escape from the world," she said. To release your true beauty hidden within. Welcome to our sanctuary and escape the stresses of modern day living. As you enter our world you become the focus... Our expert therapists will personally tailor your care to suit your style with one goal... Anjule Summer Facial Package only $99 1 hour Customised Facial Neck & Shoulder de-stress massage Hand & Foot Massage Relaxing Scalp Massage Eyebrow wax & Shape Eyebrow Tint Eyelash Tint Great Value At Only $99 Spoil that someone special with an Anjule gift voucher, available now. c8687045-4Feb NATURAL REMEDY: Leanne's miracle soap helped cure her son Liam's eczema. Goat's milk contains plenty of vitamin A and D which is important when looking after sensitive skin. The good oil Milk has been used as a luxurious moisturiser since the days of Cleopatra. Goat's milk makes a great skin care product because it: Is loaded with proteins, amino acids and Vitamin A to nourish the skin. Contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate, cleanse and soften the skin. Has a pH level that is close to our own skin's pH, making it gentle on even the most sensitive skin types. BIG SELLER: Staff on the job at the Billie Goat Soap facility at Ourimbah. Picture by Stefan Moore. Picture by Stefan Moore.
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